The heat is on with the 'Beverly Hills Cop' Trivia Quiz

Julie Medina

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Macho guns. Extreme chase scenes. Spectacular crashes. And we haven’t even mentioned the awesome acting from Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold. That must be why this action/comedy was, financially speaking, the number one movie of 1984.

Where was Axel a cop before he came to Beverly Hills?

Axel came to Beverly Hills “on vacation” from Detroit where his childhood buddy, Mikey, was killed while visiting him from Beverly Hills. He is looking into his friend's​ murder. The T-shirt that Axel Foley wears in the film is from Mumford, an actual Detroit-area school attended by one of the filmmakers. When the film came out, the school received orders for the shirts from customers all over the world.

The first chase scene was insane with a two-ton extended semi-truck. What was inside?

It was filled with cigarettes. Detective Axel Foley's unauthorized sting operation goes sour when two uniformed officers intervene, resulting in a high-speed chase through the city which causes widespread damage. The "cigarette spill-over" crash sequence was filmed on John R and Brush Streets in the Highland Park district, the smashed fruit truck scene was located at Michigan Avenue and 30th Street, and the two-ton truck collision was shot several blocks away, on Jackson Avenue and 30th Street. Other Detroit locations included the Warehouse District, the residential area adjacent to Wayne State University, and the Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Wayne, MI.

Jeffrey happily listens at a locker when Foley is getting yelled at by his boss. Who is this familiar-looking actor?

Paul Reiser plays the I-told-you-so policeman friend of Axel. He listens to Foley getting reamed by his boss until the boss tells him to get out of here. He reprises his role in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Reiser also had roles in James Cameron's Aliens, The Marrying Man and Bye Bye Love. Reiser starred as one of two possible fathers of a teenage girl in the TV sitcom My Two Dads and later came to prominence as Paul Buchman in Mad About You, a comedy series he co-created, in which Helen Hunt co-starred as his on-screen wife.

Who does Axel say this to? “Yeah, I understand. [Boss walks away] Boss. The Chief ain't chew it all out. You still got a little ass there.”

Inspector Todd of the Detroit Police was played by then Detroit Police Department Homicide Detective Gilbert R. Hill. Detective Hill later ran and won a seat on and served as President of the Detroit City Council. Offered other acting work after the film's release, Hill declined to pursue acting as a career, but did appear in the two subsequent sequels of the movie, saying that the only difference between his famous character's life and his own was that he didn't curse as much in real life.

Where were the Detroit scenes shot?

Most of the scenes set in Detroit were actually shot there. An off-duty police officer accompanied Martin Brest and his crew during filming, but he refused to go with them when they entered a housing project. Detroit PD was more helpful when producers were researching police procedures. A detective even took them to a murder site.

Axel goes from steadying Mikey so he can open the door to what?

In the scene where Mikey is killed, the production was rushed out of that location. They were unable to shoot a shot of Axel falling to the floor after he gets knocked out. Brest notes he regrets not getting this shot, as it confuses some people when Eddie Murphy just disappears. The next scene with Axel has him holding a bandage to his head and talking to the police.

How did Axel get a room at an expensive hotel that did not have any rooms available?

During his tirade at the Beverly Palms Hotel, Axel pretends to be writing an article called "Michael Jackson: Sitting on Top of the World" for Rolling Stone magazine. In real life, Playboy ran an article called "Eddie Murphy: Sitting on Top of the World."

Who played Billy Rosewood?

Reinhold has appeared in more than 60 films including Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins and The Santa Clause trilogy. In the process of casting the characters of Rosewood and Taggart, the director paired up various finalists and asked them to do some improvisation to get a feel for the chemistry between the actors. He paired up Judge Reinhold and John Ashton and gave them the following direction: "You are a middle aged couple, married for years. You are having a conversation on an average evening." Judge Reinhold immediately picked up a nearby magazine and the two improvised the "5 pounds of red meat in his bowels" bit almost verbatim as it eventually appeared in the movie. This got them the parts.

Who played Sergeant Taggart?

John Taggart who starred in Midnight Run also guest-starred opposite Beverly Hills Cop co-star Ronny Cox in an episode of Matthew Perry's 2011 series, Mr Sunshine. During the "super-cops" monologue, Ashton is pinching his face hard and looking down in apparent frustration. If you look closely, you can see that he is actually laughing. Reinhold put his hand in his pocket and pinched his thigh really hard to prevent himself from laughing.

What was the name of the Lieutenant in Beverly Hills?

Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil is portrayed by Daniel Ronald "Ronny" Cox , a character actor, singer-songwriter, and storyteller. His best-known roles include Drew Ballinger in Deliverance (1972), George Apple in Apple's Way (1974–75), Richard "Dick" Jones in RoboCop (1987) and the villain Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall (1990). Cox wrote a book about his experience filming Deliverance for the movie's 40th anniversary in 2012.

Who plays the character in the art gallery who likes making an espresso with a lemon twist?

You may recognize Bronson Pinchot from Perfect Strangers, Risky Business, True Romance, Beverly Hills Cop III, It's My Party, Courage Under Fire, and The First Wives Club, and many other movies. Originally, two men were supposed to be working in the art gallery scenes. When the director heard Bronson Pinchot's Serge impersonation, however, he thought it was so hysterical he scaled back the other part to give Pinchot more screen time. The second actor shows up only briefly with his shirt collar open too wide, on which Serge comments.

What piece of art does Axel laugh at, in the art gallery?

Axel laughs at it due to the cost, among other things. Serge tells him it costs “One hundred and thirty thousand dollar” and that he sold one yesterday. One of the figures, a maitre' d with a chain around its neck, is modeled after director Martin Brest.

Who answers Axel? Axel: “Is this your car?” “Oh, no. In Beverly Hills we just take whichever car is closest.”

Lisa Eilbacher portrays Jenny Summers the art buyer who helped Mikey get a job as a security guard. Lisa Eilbacher started acting as a child, appearing on such popular shows as My Three Sons and Gunsmoke. She later made a transition into adult roles. Eilbacher is best known for her roles in two popular films of the 1980s: An Officer and a Gentleman and Beverly Hills Cop.

Who said this? “Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What's the fuckin' charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking?”

After Axel Foley gets thrown out of the window and arrested, he arrives at Beverly Hills City Hall. The city hall building seen in the film is the actual Beverly Hills City Hall. However, the exterior was very run-down and the plants were dying, so the film crew had to clean it up and grow new plants so it would look better on film.

Who said this? “You know this is the cleanest, nicest police car I’ve ever been in, in my life. This thing is nicer than my apartment.”

Posing as a flower deliveryman, Axel goes to Maitland's office and tries to question him about Mikey, his childhood friend who was murdered when visiting Axel from Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, Axel is thrown through a window by Maitland's bodyguards and arrested. That’s when he comments on how nice the police car is. The shooting script was literally pasted together from the half dozen or so scripts written for this project over the years. When they were stuck, Eddie Murphy would improvise dialog or create a scene.

“I ain't never been in no cell that has a phone in it. Can I stay for a while 'cause I ordered some pizza?”

At the police station, the police identify Axel and let him out of his cell. Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Sergeant John Taggart and Detective Billy Rosewood to follow Axel. Eddie Murphy improvised much of his comic lines, as did John Ashton and Judge Reinhold. Literally hundreds of takes were ruined by cast members or actors or the director himself, who were unable to stop laughing during shooting because of this.

Where did Axel get the bananas that he used to stop Billy and Taggart from tailing him?

Although the bananas were a great gag. It was also marked the film debut for Damon Wayans' as The Banana Man at the Beverly Palms Hotel.

In the movie, Axel likes his strip clubs. What happened there that changed Axel’s relationship with Billy and Taggart?

At the strip club Axel foils a robbery with the help of Taggart and Billy. This crisis changed the dynamic and the three develop a mutual respect for each other. The song which plays during the strip club scene is "Nasty Girl", by Vanity, and was recommended by the real-life stripper who was hired for the scene. Coincidentally, the same song was played during the Torchy's Bar scene in 48 Hrs. (1982), also starring Eddie Murphy.

One of the best scenes is the Super Cops dialog. What did he say that Billy Rosewood and John Taggart should wear?

A cape of course, however you would never know that by reading the script. When filming the scenes in the police station sequences, Eddie Murphy became very tired. The crew offered him coffee but he refused to drink any because he refuses to take drugs of any kind. Eventually, Murphy relented and took small sips of coffee to stay awake. As a result of his first caffeine intake, Murphy became very energized and ad-libbed the "super-cops" monologue.

Who said this? “Before I go, I just want you two to know something, alright? The supercop story... was working. Okay? It was working, and you guys just messed it up. Okay? I'm trying to figure you guys out, but I haven't yet. But it's cool. You fuck up a perfectly good lie.”

Eddie Murphy improvised the entire Super Cop monologue. Can you imagine Eddie Murphy NOT playing Axel Foley? Originally, Axel Foley was going to be played by Sylvester Stallone or Mickey Rourke. Stallone rewrote the script, but left the project when his ideas were deemed to expensive by the studio. He used some of his script ideas to make Cobra. Other actors who were considered for the role of Axel Foley were Harrison Ford, Michael Keaton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Richard Pryor and James Caan.

Why did the script have to be so hastily written?

Mickey Rourke was a hot commodity, fresh off his Diner performance as Boogie. Rourke made $400,000 by signing a holding contract, going back and forth with the studio and the writers on ideas for the script, and then walking away when his contract expired to look for work elsewhere. Then Sylvestor Stallone was to be the lead and Stallone did his own rewrite so it would be a pure action movie. Two weeks before filming was to start, Stallone was suddenly out and Eddie Murphy was in, prompting massive rewrites and the need for many improvised scenes.

When does Axel say this? [Foley hands the keys to his beat-up car to a valet] Can you put this in a good spot? 'Cause all of this shit happened the last time I parked here.

Eddy Murphy slips in another funny line when he leaves his car with the valet so he can talk to Victor. In order to get past the host, Axel pretends to be a male hustler so he can talk privately to Victor. Another hilarious scene. No wonder Beverly Hills Cop was the first film to have a release in over 2000 theaters in the USA.

“Tell Victor that Ramon - -the fella he met about a week ago? - -tell him that Ramon went to the clinic today, and I found out that I have, um, herpes simplex 10, and I think Victor should go check himself out with his physician to make sure everything is fine before things start falling off on the man.” Who is Victor?

Victor, portrayed by Steven Berkoff is an English actor, author, playwright and theatre director. As an actor, he is best known for his performances in villainous roles, such as Lt. Col Podovsky in Rambo: First Blood Part II, General Orlov in the James Bond film Octopussy, Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop and Adolf Hitler in the TV mini-series War and Remembrance.

When Axel sneaks into one of Victor’s warehouses, what does he discover which leads him to believe that Victor imports drugs?

Alex discovers coffee grounds which he believes is used to pack drugs and cover the smell of cocaine from drug-sniffing dogs. This causes him to come back with Jenny and confirm his gut instinct. They discover several bags of cocaine inside a crate. Before Axel can get this new found evidence to Rosewood, Victor and his associates arrive. Victor takes Jenny and leaves Axel to be killed, but after some hesitation, Rosewood enters the warehouse and rescues Foley.

After this scene, who is left with Axel to dispose of him? [about Axel] What are you gonna do to him? Victor: I think you should be more worried about what we're going to do with you. Foley: Yeah, Jenny, don't worry about me. We got cocaine and coffee here. We're gonna get wired and have a big party.

Jonathan Ray Banks plays Zack, Victor’s bodyguard as well as his enforcer. He is left with Axel to beat him up and then kill him. Banks’ first notable film roles were in the films Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. He has received critical acclaim for his role in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as well as in Wiseguy. He has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Did Eddie Murphy do any of his own stunts?

Murphy did many of the stunts needed during this sequence, and these shots were filmed in downtown L.A., not Detroit. The shot of Axel Foley flying out the back and hitting the side of the truck was obviously a stuntman, one who didn’t want to get back in the truck after. An interesting modification was that the truck used during the opening chase had its front bumper replaced with a steel I-beam so it could plow through anything it came into contact with. The crew referred to the truck on set as “The Train”.

Who is the director of Beverly Hills Cop?

When Stallone was still signed up to play the lead, Scorcese was offered the director's chair but did not take the offer. Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, the two Paramount executives continually called Martin Brest and asked him to direct Beverly Hills Cop. Martin Brest kept declining, before eventually taking his phone off the hook. Simpson took the hint, but Bruckheimer kept trying, and to end the harassment, Brest decided to flip a coin to make his decision. The coin told him to take the job. As the movie proved to be an enormous hit, he framed the quarter and hung it upon his wall.

The director made a point of making the background “extras” a part of the picture. Which extra’s do you remember?

During the opening montage, a man can be seen waving his arms around enthusiastically as he speaks to a couple men. As stated in the filmmaker commentary, the man is actually miming out the bus spin from the truck chase. The shot of Axel walking down the street and passing the two guys dressed in leather outfits (and Axel starts laughing) was shot during a lunch break in a particularly crummy part of Los Angeles. Expensive cars and greenery were added in to make it appear to be Beverly Hills.

Which of these nominations did the movie receive?

The movie was nominated for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by the Academy Awards. Both the Golden Globes and the Edgar Allan Poe Awards nominated Beverly Hills Cop for the Best Motion Picture Award for a Comedy/Musical. The British Academy Film Awards nominated the movie for Best Score.

Eddie Murphy WAS the movie, did he get nominated for any Awards?

Eddie Murphy was nominated for the Golden Globe “Best Motion Picture Actor in a Comedy/Musical” but did not win the award. Axel Foley is ranked No. 78 on Empire magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Although the movie won many awards the cast weren’t among the winners. However, before the awards came out, the completed movie made such an impression on Paramount executives that they committed to a sequel moments after the first private executive screening of the completed film. That is a huge compliment in and of itself.

What is the title of the instrumental-only theme song?

The instrumental-only title tune, "Axel F", is a cultural touchstone and has since been covered by numerous artists. The soundtrack was mastered by Greg Fulginiti, and featured different artists plus electronic style music. The Axel Foley theme was done with three synthesizers: a Roland Jupiter 8, a Roland JX-3P, and a Yamaha DX-7.

What awards did the movie win?

It won the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album. It also won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture. And from the Stuntman Award, it won for Best Vehicular Stunt in a Motion Picture. All well-deserved awards! This film has also been ranked at number 22 on Bravo's list of the 100 funniest films.

Which of these songs were on the top-selling soundtrack from the movie?

The sound track that charted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1985 included "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters, "The Heat is On" by Glenn Frey, "Gratitude" by Danny Elfman, “New Attitude” and "Stir It Up" by Patti LaBelle, "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills" by Shalamar, "Do You Really (Want My Love?)" by Junior, "Emergency" by Rockie Robbins, "Rock 'N Roll Me Again" by The System and of course the theme song, "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer.

How did Beverly Hills Cop do in the box office?

Beverly Hills Cop was the highest grossing R-rated film in the US until The Matrix Reloaded (2003) eclipsed it 19 years later. If inflation were taken into account it would rank as the third most attended R-rated film after The Exorcist (1973) and The Godfather (1972).

Beverly Hills Cop lived on in sequels. How did the sequels do?

Beverly Hills Cop II was released in 1987 to mixed reviews but still made over $135 million, and the third movie only made $42 million in the United States. An updated TV series was pitched to CBS in 2013, but despite Eddie Murphy's participation, the network passed after seeing the pilot. All is not lost, because a primarily Detroit-based Beverly Hills Cop IV is due to arrive in March 2016, with Murphy reprising his role as Axel.

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